Citymaps Launches Global Social Mapping Platform
Citymaps today entered the global map race, launching its social map platform focusing on personalization, discovery, and mapmaking. Users can explore all of the places around them at a glance, and create and share maps with friends. Citymaps for the iPhone is available for free download in the Apple App Store.
Designed with social mapmaking at its core, Citymaps was developed from the ground-up to provide a personalized map experience in time, no two users’ maps will look alike. With Citymaps, users can:
- Quickly create maps of their favorite places on the go
- Collaborate with their friends on group maps
- Explore a library of maps by friends, locals, and publishers
- Share maps and locations via email, social, or SMS
Citymaps’ proprietary, vector-based mobile map covers 15 million locations throughout every city and town in the United States, and will expand internationally in 2013. Every restaurant, hotel and store on Citymaps is represented by its logo, making it simple to search and pinpoint places. The map also features standard navigation capabilities, turn-by-turn directions, one-touch store finders, and a stream of real-time Instagram photos, menus, and user comments for every location.
“Everyone has received that email from a visiting friend asking for suggestions,” said Elliot Cohen, Founder and CEO of Citymaps. “You can now create a map to share your favorite restaurants and shops with your friends, or they can explore a library of maps from local tastemakers. We’ve reimagined maps so they’re personalized and sharable.”
Citymaps is also working with partners, who will provide mapped content and recommendations. At launch, partners include Time Out, StyleCaster Media Group, Morgans Hotel Group, Gansevoort Hotel Group, Aeropostale, Bliss Spa, The Vitamin Shoppe, and Bond New York.
Citymaps is one of the world’s first global social maps. It is a proprietary, vector-based mapping platform, built from the ground up by a small team with a big idea: to create a personalized map of the future. Citymaps was named to the 2013 Goldman Sachs Innovators Track.